Independence Day celebrations are starting this weekend as we gather with festive food and fireworks. Including your loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease for this special occasion doesn’t have to be stressful. If your plans include leaving the house to attend a party or having people over, here are a few things to consider:
Shade – Summer temps can be tough to handle for anyone, providing shade, like an umbrella, can help keep your loved one comfortable if your event is outside.
Have a safety plan – The hope is always to have the best day, but if things go wrong, have a plan. Make sure people know the circumstances of your situation and who will be tasked with doing what in the event of an emergency. Keep your loved one a safe distance from the fireworks.
Water – This can never be over-emphasized: HYDRATE. Regardless of your forecasted temperatures keeping yourself and your loved one hydrated throughout the day is important.
Foods that hydrate – Another way to encourage hydration is to eat foods like cucumbers and watermelon.
Sunscreen – Apply sunblock to yourself and your loved one before you leave the house and bring the bottle with you to reapply during the day.
Try to maintain your routine as much as possible. Keep in mind how much time your loved one will be able to spend outside the home.
Whatever your plans are this weekend, enjoy and celebrate safely!
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